News Extras

‘HOT DOG 100′ – 100 Years of Chris’ Hot Dogs

Greek immigrant Christopher Katechis, Opened the doors to Montgomery’s oldest family owned and operated restaurant May, 1, 1917. Now, a century later, his son , Theo Katechis, and grandson Gus Katechis are keeping the family legacy alive as co-owners of the Montgomery landmark. Theo explains that his father “came here through Ellis Island, and settled here and opened up a…

EXTRA: Autism in Alabama

Autism. It is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders. And it affects one in 68 children in the U.S. It can cost an average family 60 thousand dollars a year. Yet, Alabama is one of the few states that does not mandate insurance to cover the costs for therapy. “Our biggest fear is as they get older, they can not function…

EXTRA: Saving the Ben Moore Hotel

 Just a few blocks from downtown Montgomery, you’ll find a a building that might look abandoned on the outside. It sits right across from the parsonage of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, which is now an often visited museum. And much like the parsonage – it too is one of the most historic pieces of property in the city. So what…

New Technology Helps Secure Homes

New security camera technology is giving homeowners even more ways to protect their homes.  Law enforcement officials say this technology can be very helpful in fighting crime, but that not just any setup is going to get the job done. Katherine Hert has three security cameras at her home in Montgomery and she says they make her feel more secure….

EXTRA: Get the Water Running

Back in July, Stefanie Hicks brought you the story of the Jackson family – one of many families in West Alabama who live every day without running water. It’s not by their choice, but rather because of a political standstill by officials in their area.  After the story aired, the outpouring of support was beyond our imagination, with people reaching…

Extra: Prisons In Peril

This year alone we’ve seen a big increase in violence across the Alabama prison system. Video was taken by inmates in March and posted to YouTube from inside Holman Prison in Atmore. A correctional officer and the warden were both stabbed before roughly 100 inmates took over a section of the facility. Later in the year another officer, Kenneth Bettis,…

EXTRA: Police Speak Out

West Alabama reporter George McDonald has this Alabama News Network Extra. The recent police shootings of unarmed blacks have had a far-reaching impact all over the country. Some local police are talking about the challenges they’re facing as a result. Local officers say being a police officer has become an even more dangerous job since the police shootings. They say…

Extra: Church Security

It's a nightmare that all too often is becoming a reality across the country. Church congregations are the victims of mass shootings. Local church leaders are getting training in how to protect themselves.

For many, it’s a sacred place where you feel safe and secure to worship God. Unfortunately, it’s not immune to the forces of evil. And it’s happening more and more frequently in congregations around the country. “The need for church security is overwhelming. Since 1999, violence in churches has gone up 2,380 percent. Last year, there were 248 church attacks….

EXTRA: Male Breast Cancer

Less than 1% of breast cancer cases are reported in men. But that doesn’t mean they’re immune from this form of cancer. As we at Alabama News Network prepare for our Tickled Pink event on Friday, news anchor Tim Lennox has the story of a man who found a lump in his breast. Categories: Montgomery, News Extras, Video

Auburn University’s Tradition of Rolling the Auburn Oaks Returns

Auburn University football fans will enjoy rolling the two new Auburn Oaks at Toomer’s Corner with toilet paper this fall, marking the return of one of college athletics’ best-known traditions. “This is a tremendous day for the Auburn Family and for all sports fans across the country who love the fall and football,” said Ron Booth, executive director of facility…